Navigating All Four Closing Days in Aspen Snowmass

Posted on April 8, 2022 by Chris Klug

Closing day weekends are always a bittersweet transition from winter to spring as we look back and celebrate a ski season well-spent. With four mountains all throwing their own farewell parties there is no shortage of festivities to enjoy. The lifts might be stopping, but the ski and après cultures stay alive and well throughout April. Use this post as a guide to pick which closing day festivities you and your family/friends should attend. Maybe it’s all four!

Buttermilk Closing Day – April 3, 2022

If a family friendly day full of enough bacon to hold you over until next ski season sounds like your speed, you won’t want to miss Buttermilk’s closing day. Buttermilk likes to celebrate Bacon Appreciation Day by having savory, salty and sweet snacks all over the mountain from the Cliffhouse down to Bumps, almost all of them including bacon! They also host an uphill race starting at 8am if you feel like you need to earn not just your turns but also your bacon. Buttermilk is always the first mountain to close.

Highlands Closing Day – April 10, 2022

Undoubtedly the most popular of the closing day ceremonies. Highlands closing day is a must-go for those wishing to send winter off like a true Aspen local. Start the day by hiking the bowl one last time to be met by ski patrollers barbecuing at the top. After enjoying a hotdog and a bowl lap, head over to Cloud Nine where you can say goodbye to the hottest après scene in Colorado until next season. On your way down from Cloud Nine, stop by ‘Picnic Point’ just below the Cloud Nine lift where plenty of skiers/riders enjoy camaraderie and the views towards Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells. Finally, and most notably, make your way to the Alehouse at the base to dance the winter away at one of the most iconic annual parties in Aspen. This portion of Highlands closing day is recommended for those 21 and up as the scene always gets rowdy with a live DJ and drinks all around. Be sure to where a costume! This year is 80’s themed and awards will be given to those sporting the best get-ups.

Snowmass Closing Day – April 17, 2022

Originally, Snowmass and Aspen Mountain were both set to close on April 17th, but with the late snowfall in March, Aspen Mountain will be staying open a week later than planned meaning you can attend both Snowmass and Ajax closing parties. What a treat! Snowmass will be hosting events all weekend from Elk Camp down to Base Village. You’ll be able to enjoy snow volleyball, DJ’s all over the mountain and a swimwear themed top-to-bottom run to close out the day on the 17th. The whole family can enjoy closing weekend at Snowmass!

Ajax Closing Day – April 24, 2022

As previously mentioned, and thanks to the extra snowfall this spring, Aspen Mountain will be closing on the 24th, one week later than planned. Hooray for an extra week of skiing! If you want to close out your season in the most ‘Aspen’ way possible, you must attend the Ajax closing party at the birthplace of Aspen skiing. Don’t miss the hilarious and sometimes dangerous “Bump Off” as locals gather at Ridge of Bell at 1 pm for an all-out race down the mogul field under the gondola. You can either join in on the race yourself or watch from Gent’s Ridge as skiers/riders hurl themselves down the bumps. Some make it, some yard sale trying – either way it is a spectacle to behold! DJ’s will be present at the Sundeck and at both Chica’s and Ajax Tavern at the base. Don’t throw away your costumes from Highlands, as there will be a contest at the Sundeck as well.

If you manage to make it to all four closing parties, good for you! A small percentage of locals have the stamina to do so. However you choose to celebrate the mountains closing, we hope you have a blast and stay safe doing so. Here’s to a great summer ahead!

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Staying Busy Through Presidents Day Weekend

Posted on February 4, 2022 by Chris Klug

With the craziness that comes with January in Aspen (new year celebrations, gay ski week, X Games, etc.) February can feel a bit slower until Presidents Day weekend hits. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to stay involved in community happenings. After all, this is Aspen Snowmass, we always have something to do! Keep reading for a few ideas on how to stay busy over the next two weeks.

Try your hand at an Olympic sport! Curling comes to Snowmass with the new Game of Stones curling series at the Base Village Ice Rink. Fridays and Thursdays through the next two months, teams of two will compete in a head-to-head elimination competition. The first team that reaches 10 points wins. This will take place from 3 pm - 5 pm, registration will occur at the ice-skating rink prior to the event. This could be great for both large groups or a fun family night in Base Village!

Also in Snowmass, connecting Base Village to the Snowmass Mall is Snowmass Luminescence. When the lifts close, things really brighten up. Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display, will immerse you and your family in a dazzling world of light and art. Skip the Skittles Gondola ride between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village and, instead, stroll through The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that will ignite your senses. In addition, you can experience large-scale interactive LED installations by acclaimed artists, Wave by Squidsoup and Electric Dandelion by Liquid PLX.

Missed the high-flying action during X Games and wish you got to go? You won’t want to miss the Aspen Snowmass Open – Revolution Tour. The Rev Tour at the Aspen Snowmass Open is set to kick things off with halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air competitions February 12-17. Competitions will take place on the X Games Aspen courses, providing a taste of what it takes to compete at the pinnacle of freeski and snowboard competition. The Rev Tour is focused on athletes 13-19 years of age and awards top athletes an invite to compete in the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, and participate in Project Gold camps.

Lastly, take a look at the Belly Up Schedule as the next two weeks are packed with incredible performers! Presidents Day weekend itself is loaded with massive names in the EDM (electric dance music) world, such as Alesso, Chris Lake and Tiesto, who has been one of the biggest DJ’s worldwide for the last 20 years. It is truly special that our small-town venue regularly brings us artists of this caliber. We hope you and your friends and family have a great few weeks ahead! As always, feel free to reach out anytime with general or real-estate inspired questions. We are here to help!

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Thanksgiving Dining and Happenings

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Chris Klug

            Happy Thanksgiving from Klug Properties! Whether you are a full-time resident in the Aspen Snowmass area, a regular visitor, or if this is your first time in this incredible valley; there are plenty of ways to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. Let us give you some ideas for how to spend your turkey day!

            The quintessential Aspen Thanksgiving experience has to start with spending opening day on Ajax Mountain with the other skiers and riders who has been eagerly awaiting the lifts turning again since they stopped last April. Opening day is an electric time to be on the mountain! Smiles spread ear to ear as we all can’t help but feel like a child again doing the thing that caused most of us to move here. Conversations on the gondola are filled with gratitude and excitement, making it nearly impossible to be in a bad mood if you’re out there. After a day on the slopes, cooking a full Thanksgiving meal might seem like a lot. Don’t worry, Ajax Tavern at the base of Ajax Mountain will be offering traditional Thanksgiving favorites including roasted organic turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the classic trimmings, complete with pecan pie. Dinner will run from 5-9 pm and starts at $55+ per guest. For this experience, you don’t even have to leave the mountain to get your Thanksgiving fix! Call 970.920.6334 for reservations.

            For a similar experience in Snowmass, we recommend skiing or riding all day and enjoying a four-course Thanksgiving dinner at The Artisan in Snowmass Village. Seating starts at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm in the upper dining room. For the bar area, seating starts at 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Pricing is $55 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Call 970.923.2427 for reservations.

            If skiing isn’t your thing, but fine Thanksgiving meals that you don’t have to prepare are, you’ll want to make a reservation at Element 47 in downtown Aspen. Here, you will enjoy a three-course dinner with festive favorites and gourmet twists on traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Enjoy your choice of soup or salad to start, turkey or crispy-skinned salmon for the main course, along with family-style sides and decadent dessert. Dinner is 3-9 pm, $150+ per guest with a $100 wine pairing option, $50+ per child. Call 855.920.4600 for reservations.

            If you plan on having a more traditional at-home Thanksgiving, nightlife will be waiting for you if you don’t find yourself in a turkey coma. Some of the locals’ favorite spots will be happening into the late hours including Escobar, Eric’s Bar, Public House, and Silver City Mountain Saloon if a western vibe is your style. Nightlife really starts to come alive at this time of year with the holiday season upon us.

            Regardless of what you choose to do this Thanksgiving, we at Klug Properties wish you and your family the happiest of times and most delicious meals. We hope to see you on the slopes and in town as the snow keeps falling!

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Live Music in Summer 2021 at Aspen Snowmass: UPDATED!

Posted on June 4, 2021 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! Summer is here in the mountains, despite what the calendar might say. Masks ordinances and social distancing requirements have been lifted in Aspen and all of Pitkin County, as of yesterday. Just like all of the weekly changes in health ordinances, the local live music scene has evolved drastically since our last blogpost about live music this summer in Aspen Snowmass. Read on for everything you need to know, with the most recent updates, in local live music! 

Weekly live music events will start to happen as soon as next week— yahoo! Snowmass announced in February that there will be no Thursday Night Concert Series this summer due to Covid-19 concerns. However, this decision has been reverted. Snowmass Thursday Night Concert Series will start on Thursday, June 10th and happen every Thursday through August 26th with a Fourth of July bonus concert. The Fanny Hill venue will open at 5:30pm and the shows begin at 6:30pm. Bring a picnic setup, and be sure to support the local food and beverage vendors inside the concert grounds. For lineups, head over to gosnowmass.com.

The Belly Up has been announcing concert dates starting as soon as the end of June. Latest musical acts to adorn the Belly Up calendar include Kygo on the Fourth of July, Eli Young Band, Fisher, Leann Rimes, and local favorite Big Wild. Belly Up will open at 100% capacity with no mask restrictions. However, 80% of the crowd must prove to be fully vaccinated. The other 20% must show a proof of negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the show. For the most up to date announcements on Belly Up’s concert scheduling, head over to their website bellyupaspen.com or check out their social media @bellyupaspen. Be sure to sign up for their newsletters for the best ticket options. 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass’s June Experience is back for 2021. This year’s event will be held from June 24th through June 27th at various locations in downtown Aspen, including The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Belly Up, and Here House at Local Coffee. VIP Passes and General Admission Passes are currently sold out due to capacity restrictions. Singe admission tickets are still available at jazzaspensnowmass.org. Do not miss out on this event! There will be 18 performers, including The Family Stone, George Porter Jr., The Motet, and Juanito Pascual. Like Belly Up, there will be no mask guidelines. JAS June Experience is one of the summer kickoffs in Aspen for 2021.

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end of summer, and a fabulous weekend of Live Music in Snowmass Village. Jazz Aspen Snowmass hosts their Labor Day Festival in Snowmass’s Town Park for the entire weekend. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, but all of the musical acts booked for that year committed to performing in 2021. These acts include the one and only Stevie Nicks, Kings of Leon, Eric Church, and Maren Morris. There will be two more acts announced later this summer. Tickets from 2020 will be honored in 2021, but there are still available at axs.com/jasaspen. This is one of our favorite events of the year, so do not miss out! 

Have a great weekend! We can’t wait to see you all this summer, and hope to see you at the first Thursday Night Concert on Fanny Hill next week! 

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Memorial Day Weekend in Aspen Snowmass

Posted on May 28, 2021 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! I hope you are doing well and enjoying a great kick-off to summer. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Summer in Aspen normally “starts” in Mid-June with the Food and Wine Classic. With that event postponed until Mid-September this year, when is the true start to summer in Aspen Snowmass? Will there be an immediate onslaught or a trickle before the Fourth of July? Let us know what you think! While most activities, restaurants, and events are slated to start Mid-June, some will open this weekend. Check out the available options below.

  • Restaurants: Some our favorite Aspen restaurants are opening TONIGHT Friday, May 28th, including BOSQ and Campo De Fiori. Other restaurants to open this week include Ajax Tavern, and Casa Tua. For a full list of restaurants and operating hours, head over to eataspen.com. Most Snowmass Village restaurants will not open until Mid-June, however, there are a few exceptions. Base Village favorites Limelight Lounge and Sundae Ice Cream will open today. Do not miss out on the famous pizzas and amazing artisan ice cream! 
  • Events: Speaking of Snowmass Base Village, King Yoga returns to the rink starting tomorrow, Saturday May 29th for daily yoga sessions. Aaron King teaches between 9 and 10am right on the rink. Classes are $20 each, and can be paid in person or via Venmo. Who doesn’t love a morning yoga session outside with amazing mountain views?
  • Activities: Summit Express chair on Buttermilk will open this weekend for summer activities, including hiking, sightseeing, biking, and lunch at the top! We are so excited to have this opportunity to explore Buttermilk this summer. Keep in mind— this service will only be offered on weekends through June. Snowmass Mountain will begin their summer operations in Mid-June, and Aspen Mountain is expected to open sometime in July for the summer. This delay is due to construction near the top. 

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend! We can’t wait to see you all this summer in Aspen Snowmass. It should be a summer to remember! Happy Trails!

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Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are particularly in tune with the drastic effects carbon-fueled transportation has on the earth. As a physically active region of the country, the Roaring Fork Valley prides itself its easy accessibility to biking paths, hiking trails, ski runs and bodies of water for swimming, rafting and paddleboarding. The ideal climate during all seasons makes walking and biking to work the standard. For these reasons, most commuters either opt for public transportation or their personal bikes to travel into town each day. But how can we make environmentally-conscious transportation even easier on our residents? Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty’s sponsorship of the WE-cycle Ride Share Program is here to save the day.

Ernie F., a part-owner of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Real Estate and longtime Aspen community member, described WE-cycle as the perfect transportation solution for a location like the Roaring Fork Valley. The concept of bike sharing in a smaller location came about after witnessing how effective it was in several larger cities and towns. “Aspen has a vehicle congestion and parking problem, so bikes are a logical solution,” Ernie said.

WE-cycle director Mirte Mallory agreed, mentioning how ride share programs “thrive in communities with commercial, activity, and residential centers that are connected with relatively flat and safe bike routes. Aspen’s significant and well-defined bike lanes and routes indicate that bikes are welcome and encouraged. These clear definitions and delineations build confidence in riding.” Road safety and general sanitation are key principles to Mirte and her team. WE-cycle places a massive emphasis on rider safety. “Our riders' health and safety are WE-cycle’s top priority. We are taking extra precautions and steps to keep the bikes and high touch surfaces clean as well as following best practices with our staff procedures. Please join us in following public health guidelines.” 

Though COVID-19 is a topic we’d all like to hear and speak about less frequently, it’s important to consider how WE-cycle recognizes and addresses issues related to it. “COVID-19 has forced all of us to change our behaviors and adapt in new and unexpected ways. We’re discovering new ways to enjoy the outdoors and often spending more time outdoors,” Mirte continued. “Bike share is a great way to alternate how you get around town, and is a socially distanced, outdoor and healthy mode of travel.” 

Ernie identified another positive byproduct of WE-cycle’s existence: “For commuting to work, joy riding or hopping from place to place, this is a great solution. Imagine 50% fewer cars in town, and 50% of transportation occurring on bikes! Fantastic!” Locals are notoriously disturbed by personal vehicle use in the small towns of the Roaring Fork Valley, where resources are in close, walkable proximity. The use of this ride share program offers free, convenient access to those who do not truly need to be operating a vehicle. 

Mirte concurred, mentioning the included convenience of operating on your own schedule, “From a local and commuter perspective, WE-cycle provides a fast, efficient, and often the most direct route from where one is to where one wants to be. It complements the bus routes and can be used on one’s own time, one’s own schedule, and one’s own route.”

Given the frequent tourism in the Roaring Fork Valley, Mirte believes this program will support this crowd as well. “The program gives visitors a genuine taste of a local’s experience. We hear from riders that they have seen a similar program in their city or in places they have visited and been intrigued to use it, but hesitant given the traffic. Aspen offers a calmer environment to try riding a bike for travel rather than purely recreational purposes.”

 

While traffic and the lack of parking are certainly an annoyance that this program can help reduce, the true mission of WE-cycle is to assist in alleviating the environmental impact of carbon-fueled transportation. “Wasteful, short trips in and out of town, fumes, and pollution are reasons this program is so vital to the Roaring Fork community,” Ernie said. “Once people start using bikes, they get hooked, and it becomes a mainstay for short distance transportation.” Mirte insightfully offered that “often, people discover a freedom and independence in getting around town by bike and using bike share in Aspen becomes a catalyst for using similar resources or even riding a bike more frequently, when they return home.” This reduces the environmental impact of carbon-fueled transportation in the cities where WE-cycle is provided, as well as in the hometowns of visitors. 

WE-cycle offers traditional, pedal-powered bikes, as well as a new addition of electric powered e-bikes. Whether you’re seeking a good old-fashioned, calorie-burning ride or some technologically-engineered assistance in the altitude, WE-cycle has you covered. Ernie had some insights regarding the new addition of e-bikes: “biking in the Roaring Fork Valley is seeing a huge increase recently in part due to e-bikes.” Residents and visitors are more apt to use a WE-cycle bike now since they have options in their form of transportation. “Locals love WE-cycle for convenience, no parking fees and tremendous cost savings.” Signing up is easy and fast! Download the Transit app and create an account. “Once signed up,” says Mirte, “WE-cycle will be there for you when you need a spontaneous ride to get to a meeting, to a meal, or to squeeze in an errand. Think of WE-cycle as a bike waiting at your beck and call.

For those concerned about the competition WE-cycle could provide to the local small businesses which offer bike rentals and cycling paraphernalia, Mirte assures that “WE-cycle is designed to complement not compete with the bike rental shops. The pricing structure is designed to incentivize short in and around trips and to discourage longer recreational type rides. WE-cycle promotes the local bike shops on system maps and encourages anyone interested in extended rides to rent a bike!” .

As there are seemingly endless reasons to use this ride sharing system, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty is incredibly proud to be the community sponsor. With the fate of our precious valley in mind, we hope everyone sees and capitalizes upon the benefit of environmental protection, cost savings, convenience and the pure joy of riding a bike! 255 WE-cycle bikes located at 49 stations are available in Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt now through the fall. Do your mental health, your physical fitness, and your planet Earth a favor -- burn carbs, not carbon! 

When riding your WE-cycle bike, document your trip on social media and tag us @aspensnowmassSIR with the hashtag #BigBlueGoesGreen!

 

*Overtime fees for rides over 30 minutes: silver pedal bikes: $0.50/min | blue e-bikes: $5.00/min

Sign up on the app Transit or at we-cycle.org. WE-cycle is here to help you get rolling: 970.205.9222

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